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Implementing the primary health care strategy: a Maori health provider perspective.


This paper discusses the development of Ngati Porou Hauora (NPH NPH

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), an East Coast Maori health provider, into a Primary Health Organisation Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), in New Zealand, are a collection of health providers, which are funded on a capitation basis by the New Zealand Government via its District Health Board.  (PHO), the cornerstone of the Primary Health Care Strategy (PHCS PHCS Private Healthcare Systems
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). It illustrates how NPH's structure, philosophy of care and service delivery were compatible with the frameworks underpinning un·der·pin·ning  
1. Material or masonry used to support a structure, such as a wall.

2. A support or foundation. Often used in the plural.

3. Informal The human legs. Often used in the plural.
 both the PHCS and He Korowai Oranga: The Maori Health Strategy, thus facilitating PHO development. The paper also examines some of the challenges of implementing the PHCS, such as integrating a population health approach, the appropriateness of key performance indicators Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are financial and non-financial metrics used to quantify objectives to reflect strategic performance of an organization. KPIs are used in Business Intelligence to assess the present state of the business and to prescribe a course of action.  and issues to do with community participation and partnership, funding and contracting. It concludes that, while larger Maori health providers like NPH and those that have formed equitable partnerships with other third sector providers have been strengthened by the strategies and have some valuable lessons for the primary health sector, there remain inherent risks for smaller Maori health providers.


With the introduction of the Primary Health Care Strategy (PHCS) in 2001, the New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland.  Government aimed to establish a primary health care structure providing comprehensive coordinated services to enrolled populations and reducing inequalities in health status (King 2001). This was to be achieved through the development of Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), which would receive capitated funding and be required to:

* undertake population health initiatives alongside patient-centred primary care

* broaden the range of providers and skills used in integrated primary care Integrated primary care (abbreviated IPC) describes a clinical practice that combines behavioral and medical health services in a primary care setting, as advocated by the "biopsychosocial model" established in research into family medicine and psychiatry.  delivery

* improve access to services for disadvantaged populations

* ensure community participation in health care service decision-making and governance.

Implicit in Adj. 1. implicit in - in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning"
underlying, inherent
 this was a community development approach and an emphasis on intersectoral work at both individual and population levels.

This holistic approach holistic approach A term used in alternative health for a philosophical approach to health care, in which the entire Pt is evaluated and treated. See Alternative medicine, Holistic medicine.  was quite new to the New Zealand primary health care scene that had traditionally been focused on general practitioner general practitioner
n. Abbr. GP
A physician whose practice consists of providing ongoing care covering a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages, often including referral to appropriate specialists.
 clinical services and funded on a fee-for-service basis. But for many Maori and other third sector primary health providers, (2) whose structures, philosophies and approaches to primary care provision already sat very comfortably with this new direction, the changes were welcomed for the most part. Although the new structures have been problematic for some of the smaller Maori heath providers, others have developed relatively quickly into or within PHOs because their governance structures and strategic aims around access to care were compatible with the Strategy and the demographic features of their populations qualified them for full population funding. Their approaches to health care delivery have been further validated by the release of He Korowai Orange: The Maori Health Strategy (HKO HKO Hong Kong Observatory
HKO Heckler and Koch Oberndorf
) (King and Turia 2002a) in 2002, and its action plan Whakatataka (King and Turia 2002b).

Using Ngati Porou Hauora (NPH) as a case study, this paper examines the implementation of the PHCS within a well-established and relatively large Maori health provider. Following a brief background on the development of PHOs, Maori health providers and NPH, we examine how NPH's structure, philosophy of care and service delivery were compatible with the frameworks underpinning PHCS and HKO and how this facilitated the transition into a PHO. We then go on to describe a number of challenges that have been encountered in the PHO development process that may have relevance for other providers. Finally, we conclude that, although the strategies have strengthened larger Maori health providers like NPH and those that have formed equitable partnerships with other third sector providers, there remain inherent risks for smaller Maori health providers.


Since the introduction of the PHCS in 2001 and the establishment of the first PHOs in July 2002, significant changes have occurred within the primary health care sector. The formation of PHOs has occurred much more rapidly than Government originally intended. Although the original timeframe to enrol the entire New Zealand population was 8-10 years, by October 2004, 91% of the population was enrolled by 77 PHOs. Over three-quarters of Maori, almost all Pacific peoples and almost 80% of those in the most deprived areas (NZDep deciles 9 and 10) were enrolled and services were available at reduced or low cost to approximately half the general population (King 2004:97, Spencer 2004). While there has been general support from providers for the overall direction of the reforms, some of the implementation processes have been challenged, not least the inconsistencies in contracting and monitoring between the 21 District Health Boards (DHBs) with whom PHOs obtain contracts (Austin 2003, Perera et al. 2003). Indeed while some DHBs are happy to contract with small (3) PHOs, others are not (New Zealand Doctor 2005a).

Funding formulae, governance issues and internal PHO relationships have also been stumbling blocks stum·bling block
An obstacle or impediment.

stumbling block

any obstacle that prevents something from taking place or progressing

Noun 1.
. With respect to the funding formulae, the intention of Government was to target resources at high-need populations first. PHOs with registers that met the high-need criteria (registered populations where 50% or more were Maori, Pacific and/or of NZDep deciles 9 and 10) qualified for the more generous Access funding formula. Others were granted the Interim funding formula, a lower per capita [Latin, By the heads or polls.] A term used in the Descent and Distribution of the estate of one who dies without a will. It means to share and share alike according to the number of individuals.  amount targeted at the young and the old with a view to augmentation AUGMENTATION, old English law. The name of a court erected by Henry VIII., which was invested with the power of determining suits and controversies relating to monasteries and abbey lands.  as further funding came on stream (Ministry of Health 2002).

However, the differential in the formulae has attracted considerable criticism. In particular, those PHOs whose populations were considered less high need as a group, but who nevertheless had many individuals with high need, have complained that Access providers have been able to offer lower-cost services to their enrolled populations more quickly and, arguably ar·gu·a·ble  
1. Open to argument: an arguable question, still unresolved.

2. That can be argued plausibly; defensible in argument: three arguable points of law.
, attract patients from providers that did not have this advantage (Barnett and Barnett 2004, Spencer 2004). Consequently, by the end of 2004 Government had announced that they intended to expedite ex·pe·dite  
tr.v. ex·pe·dit·ed, ex·pe·dit·ing, ex·pe·dites
1. To speed up the progress of; accelerate.

 the PHCS implementation process, with all PHOs on Access formula funding by the end of 2007 (New Zealand Doctor 2005b).

Governance requirements have also been an issue. Many general practitioners are in private practice and there has been some reluctance to include community members in governance because of a potential influence on their professional and business practices. In an effort to reduce general practitioner resistance to the new structures, the community participation imperative became increasingly watered down in successive versions of the PHCS policy (Neuwelt and Crampton 2004). Indeed part of the rapid development of non-third-sector PHOs has been enabled by the tolerance that many DHBs have shown in relation to governance and community participation practices that did not strictly meet the requirements of the initial strategy. At the fifth joint Ministry of Health/Non-Government Organisations (NGO NGO
nongovernmental organization

Noun 1. NGO - an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
nongovernmental organization
) Health and Disability Forum held in March 2004, the tension between the business and community service models was identified as a pressing issue for DHBs, and one of the key concerns raised by NGOs was their lack of meaningful participation at governance level because of "perceived GP and mainstream provider capture of PHOs" (Ministry of Health 2004a).

Provider relationships within PHOs have also posed difficulties. A few PHOs have collapsed altogether and in others some partner providers have left because the member provider-groups have not been able to work together (New Zealand Doctor 2005b).


The number of Maori health providers has burgeoned over the past decade. Following the restructuring of the health system in the early 1990s new opportunities opened for Maori health provider contracts under the newly established Regional Health Authorities (Crengle 1999). This continued through successive restructuring, so that by 2004 there were 240 such providers throughout the country (King 2004). While many of these providers hold small specific contracts, others are much larger and offer a wide range of services, including medical, nursing, allied health professional services (job) professional services - A department of a supplier providing consultancy and programming manpower for the supplier's products.  and community care. The commonality com·mon·al·i·ty  
n. pl. com·mon·al·i·ties
a. The possession, along with another or others, of a certain attribute or set of attributes: a political movement's commonality of purpose.
, irrespective of irrespective of
Without consideration of; regardless of.

irrespective of
preposition despite 
 size, has been the "ownership" of the provider by a tribal or community-based group, the lack of medical dominance in governance and the use of tikanga Maori or Maori-defined frameworks for understanding health and delivering health care (Crengle 1999). Also, Maori providers have generally focused on providing easier access to services for their clients and have been driven by the evident disparities in health between the Maori and non-Maori communities (see Reid et al. 2000, Ajwani et al. 2003). Both of the latter are now features of the PHCS, and remain so despite political challenges about focused efforts to address these inequalities.

While a New Zealand Institute of Economic Research report (NZEIR 2003) has noted the lack of a comprehensive national database on the development and progress of Maori health providers over the past decade, a number of success stories have been recorded. These are providers who have developed projects based on community and Maori development principles that address the key aims of the PHCS (see Robinson and Blaiklock 2003, Earp and Matheson 2004). The policy and structural changes brought about by the PHCS have for the most part been welcomed by Maori health providers as they closely resemble those that these providers have adhered of aspired to. The frameworks detailed in He Korowai Oranga: Maori Health Strategy (King and Turia 2002a) have further validated Maori health providers' whanau-based holistic models of health care provision and provided a blueprint for mainstream services for Maori. Taking into account the Treaty of Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi (Māori: Tiriti o Waitangi) is a treaty signed on February 6, 1840 by representatives of the British Crown, and Māori chiefs from the North Island of New Zealand.  principles of partnership, participation and protection, it focuses on four pathways: the development of whanau (family or extended family), hapu (subtribe subtribe /sub·tribe/ (sub´trib) a taxonomic category between a tribe and a genus.


a taxonomic category sometimes established, subordinate to a tribe and superior to a genus.
), iwi (tribe) and Maori communities; Maori participation in the health and disability sector; effective health and disability services; and working across sectors. Its companion document, Whakatataka: Maori Health Action Plan 2002-2005 (King and Turia 2002b), details a step-by-step approach to implementing these four pathways by identifying milestones, measures and responsibilities.

The establishment of PHOs has, at least in principle, engaged many Maori health providers with mainstream primary health providers, since in order for the latter to meet some of the criteria for becoming a PHO they have had to develop strategic relationships with their local Maori health providers. However, in an examination of how PHO development might impact on Maori health, NZIER NZIER New Zealand Institute of Economic Research  (2003) warned of some potential risks for Maori providers. Not least of these were that enrolment criteria disadvantaged providers without front-line medical services, as is the case for many Maori providers, and that since many Maori providers were small they might not have the capacity to provide the required range of services without forming alliances that jeopardised their autonomy. Nevertheless, while the risk of marginalisation Noun 1. marginalisation - the social process of becoming or being made marginal (especially as a group within the larger society); "the marginalization of the underclass"; "the marginalization of literature"
 for Maori health providers within some PHOs remains a very real problem, some of the larger Maori providers have been able to transition into a PHO relatively easily and maintain a strong position, particularly where they comprise the major or sole partner within the PHO. Ngati Porou Hauora is a case in point.


Ngati Porou Hauora Incorporated (NPH) was established as a not-for-profit charitable organisation in 1994 after considerable consultation with local communities. Its aim was to ensure the ongoing locally controlled provision of sustainable, appropriate, high-quality, integrated health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract  to all people (approximately 6,000) within the Ngati Porou rohe, covering some 200 km of the East Coast of the North Island from Potikirua near Hicks Hicks   , Edward 1780-1849.

American painter of primitive works, notably The Peaceable Kingdom, of which nearly 100 versions exist.
 Bay in the north to Te Toka-a-Taiau, Gisborne, in the south.

Since its inception, NPH has been owned and managed by a Board of elected community members representing the various local communities of the East Coast, and it has provided services at low or no cost to its registered patients. The first health service contract, obtained in 1995, was for residential mental health. NPH went on to integrate the general practice clinics on the East Coast and obtained increasing numbers of other service contracts. By 1997 it had 20 service contracts and signed a Heads of Agreement Heads of Agreement

A non-binding document outlining the main issues relevant to a tentative partnership agreement.

It is the draft used by lawyers when drawing up the contract. It serves as a guideline for both parties before any documents are legalized.
 with Tairawhiti Healthcare Ltd. In 1998 the first CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  was appointed and a formal management structure was put in place. The following year NPH signed a direct contract with the Health Funding Authority The Health Funding Authority was a now defunct New Zealand government entity responsible for funding of public health care in New Zealand between 1997-2001. It was formed from the merger of the four Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) as part of the coalition agreement between the  for the majority of East Coast health services and later that year health facilities and assets, including Te Puia Springs Te Puia Springs is a small town on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Its population is estimated to be 3 to 4 hundred people. It consists of one hospital and one shop.  Hospital, were transferred to NPH ownership under a Community Trusts Assistance Scheme. Some major health education and health promotion contracts, including Maori Mobile Nursing, Regional Asthma & Diabetes and Smoking Cessation smoking cessation Public health Temporary or permanent halting of habitual cigarette smoking; withdrawal therapies–eg, hypnosis, psychotherapy, group counseling, exposing smokers to Pts with terminal lung CA and nicotine chewing gum are often ineffective.  contracts, followed.

The organisation's growth was further expedited when, in September 2000, it expanded into urban Gisborne with the establishment of a primary health service in Kaiti. This health clinic, Puhi Kaiti Hauora, offered full GP services and considerably increased NPH's registered population. The purchase of another urban clinic in 2002 further added to the population base.

NPH currently provides a range of personal health, public health, disability support and mental health services to ah enrolled population of just under 13,000 patients, 5,500 of whom reside in the rural coastal regions and the remainder of whom reside in Gisborne and surrounds. Although it is owned and governed by Ngati Porou, NPH offers services to all comers all who come, or offer, to take part in a matter, especially in a contest or controversy.
- Bp. Stillingfleet.

See also: Comer
 within the Tairawhiti region, as a "by Maori, for all" service. The significant majority of enrolled patients (76%) are Maori, most of whom are Ngati Porou. Non-Maori clients are mostly Pakeha, although many of Gisborne's small Pacific community are enrolled patients. The organisation employs over 170 people, comprising 123 full-time equivalent Full-time equivalent (FTE) is a way to measure a worker's involvement in a project, or a student's enrollment at an educational institution. An FTE of 1.0 means that the person is equivalent to a full-time worker, while an FTE of 0.5 signals that the worker is only half-time.  staff, many of whom have strong whanau links to the communities they serve.

NPH offers a holistic health holistic health,
n a concept in which concern for health requires a perspective of the individual as an integrated system rather than as a collection of parts and functions.
 service to all its enrolled patients, with a stated emphasis on improving whanau and hapu health and preventing disease. The core focus is on providing integrated and comprehensive primary health services, backed up on the East Coast by the small GP-run hospital at Te Whare Hauora o Ngati Porou in Te Puja puja

In Hinduism, a form of ceremonial worship. It may range from brief daily rites in the home to an elaborate temple ritual. A typical puja offers the image of a deity the honours accorded to a royal guest.
 Springs. Primary health services are offered throughout the region by multidisciplinary primary health care teams that are based in eight community clinics, six of which are spread throughout the East Coast communities and two of which are located in urban Gisborne. The multidisciplinary teams comprise kaiawhina (community health workers), practice nurses, general practitioners and receptionists. On the East Coast the teams also include rural health nurses, a physiotherapist physiotherapist /phys·io·ther·a·pist/ (-ther´ah-pist) physical therapist.


physical therapist.
, counsellors, community support service workers and dental health workers. Service contracts include Well Child, Whanau Ora, (4) Community Support Services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services , Palliative Care palliative care (paˑ·lē·ā·tiv kerˑ),
n an approach to health care that is concerned primarily with attending to physical and emotional comfort rather
, Disease State Management, Auahi Kore Kore, in the Bible
Kore (kō`rē), in the Bible.

1 Family of temple doorkeepers.

2 Levite under Hezekiah.
Kore, in Greek religion
Kore, in Greek religion: see Persephone.
 (smoke-free), Green Prescription A green prescription is a card given by a doctor or nurse to a patient, with exercise and lifestyle goals written on them.

The term, used by health practitioners in New Zealand draws parallel to the usual prescriptions given to patients for medications, and emphasises the
 (5) and the Ngati & Healthy Prevent Diabetes Programme, in accordance with a holistic approach to health it has ventured into projects such as health research, alternative power research, and water and sewerage sewerage, system for the removal and disposal of chiefly liquid wastes and of rainwater, which are collectively called sewage. The average person in the industrialized world produces between 60 and 140 gallons of sewage per day.  reticulation reticulation /re·tic·u·la·tion/ (re-tik?u-la´shun) the formation or presence of a network.


the formation or presence of a network.
 to township.

Te Whare Hauora o Ngati Porou is a small hospital located at Te Puia Springs on the East Coast. It provides Accident and Emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services' , acute in-patient in·pa·tient or in-pa·tient  
A patient who is admitted to a hospital or clinic for treatment that requires at least one overnight stay.
 and long-stay care, access to elective surgery elective surgery Surgery Any operation that can be performed with advanced planning–eg, cholecystectomy, hernia repair, colonic resection, coronary artery bypass  at Gisborne Hospital and day surgery. In addition, midwifery midwifery (mĭd`wī'fərē), art of assisting at childbirth. The term midwife for centuries referred to a woman who was an overseer during the process of delivery. In ancient Greece and Rome, these women had some formal training.  and mental health services and the administrative arm of the organisation are based there. Mental health services include a level-two residential care facility, (Mental Health) Duly Authorised Adj. 1. authorised - endowed with authority

lawful - conformable to or allowed by law; "lawful methods of dissent"

legitimate - of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
 Officers, sub-acute mental health services, independent supported living Supported living is the term given by local authorities in the UK to encompass a range of services designed to help disabled citizens retain their independence in their local community.

Previously, housing and support were usually provided by a charity or local council.
, community mental health, dual diagnosis, alcohol and drug-related counselling, problem gambling Problem gambling is an urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. The term is preferred to compulsive gambling among many professionals, as few people described by the term experience true compulsions in the clinical sense of the word. , and child and adolescent mental health services Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is a name for NHS-provided services for children in the mental health arena in the UK. In the UK they are often organised around a 4 Tiers system. .

NPH has Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with a wide range of organisations, including Te Runanga o Ngati Porou, the Turanganui Primary Health Organisation, Work and Income, the Housing New Zealand Corporation, the New Zealand Police The New Zealand Police (Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa in Māori) is the national police force of New Zealand, responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic law, enhancing public safety, maintaining order and keeping the peace throughout New Zealand. , the University of Otago The University of Otago (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo) in Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest university with over 20,000 students enrolled during 2006.  and Industrial Research Ltd. It is also an active member of Health Care Aotearoa, a national organisation of third sector health care providers, and Te Matarau, a national organisation of Maori Development Organisations.

NPH is governed by a Board of democratically elected community representatives who meet monthly and have a responsibility to feed back to their communities. Service users and whanau can contribute to service planning and delivery by attending Board meetings, which are open to the public and rotate geographically. A kaumatua/kuia network is in place and regular consultation hui are held.


Ngati Porou Hauora became a Primary Health Organisation in October 2002, three months after the first two PHOs were established. Its catchment catch·ment  
1. A catching or collecting of water, especially rainwater.

a. A structure, such as a basin or reservoir, used for collecting or draining water.

 is the Tairawhiti region where it serves just under a third of the population of about 45,000. It is one of two PHOs in the area, the other being Turanganui PHO, which was established at the same time. Ngati Porou Hauora has PHO partnerships with a number of small providers, most of which are based in Gisborne where its breadth of services is not as extensive as on the East Coast. These partnership relationships are loosely configured con·fig·ure  
tr.v. con·fig·ured, con·fig·ur·ing, con·fig·ures
To design, arrange, set up, or shape with a view to specific applications or uses:
 by an MOU (Minutes Of Usage) A metric used to compute billing and/or statistics for telephone calls or other network use.  with no formal financial or governance arrangements. The partners are Te Aitanga a Hauiti Hauora, Nga Maia Midwives, Pacific Island Community Trust, Tracey Walker Physiotherapist, Employ Health and, more recently, Plunket, Men for Change and CCS (1) (Common Channel Signaling) A communications system in which one channel is used for signaling and different channels are used for voice/data transmission. Signaling System 7 (SS7) is a CCS system, also known as CCS7. See SS7. .

As for most providers, Ngati Porou Hauora's transition to a PHO was a time-consuming process because of administrative requirements and technological hiccups Hiccups Definition

Hiccups are the result of an involuntary, spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm followed by the closing of the throat.
. However, unlike many other providers, NPH required little in the way of structural change, since its approach to health care delivery and governance was consistent with PHO requirements and the philosophical underpinnings of the PHCS. It was a not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of democratically elected community members, had a whanau-centred kaupapa Maori model of practice, provided a range of both population and primary health care services at no or low cost, and had a number of outreach services on the East Coast. It had a database of registered patients and met the requirements for Access formula funding as its population was predominantly Maori (76%) and/or resided in geographical locations classified as NZDep deciles 9 and 10 (84%). In addition, a significant proportion of the patients resided in rural areas.

Consistencies with the PHCS and HKO were further evident in service provision. Health promotion activities were integrated into primary health care provision, intersectoral relationships were established, a research plan had been developed and workforce development had been a focus.

Health promotion contracts were undertaken by kaiawhina, who were integral members of their local primary health centre teams. Service contracts had historically been structured as far as possible using a kaupapa Maori framework that was consistent with community and Maori development principles. Prior to the release of the PHCS and HKO, service contracts had at times required concerted negotiation because they differed from established contracting frameworks and mainstream practices. For example, when funding was made available for one full-time equivalent (FTE FTE Full-Time Equivalent
FTE Full-Time Employee
FTE Full-Time Equivalency
FTE Full Time Employment
FTE Foundation for Teaching Economics
FTE Full Time Enrollment
FTE For the Enterprise (SQL)
FTE Fund for Theological Education
) to undertake a Whanau Ora contract on the East Coast, rather than employ one person to travel throughout the region, this contract was divided into five 0.2 FTE contracts and a local person from each of five communities was appointed to work within their own community. These kaiawhina were each "embedded Inserted into. See embedded system. " in their community, with ah intimate knowledge of the people and their needs. Over time these kaiawhina positions grew, as further contracts (such as smoking cessation and Green Prescription) were obtained and similarly divided up. Similarly, the role of NPH rural health nurses was much more comprehensive than that of a typical public health of district nurse. It is inconceivable in rural Maori communities, such as the East Coast, for a nurse to visit the home to vaccinate vac·ci·nate
To inoculate with a vaccine in order to produce immunity to an infectious disease such as diphtheria or typhus.

 a baby, for example, and not be prepared to also attend to the grandmother's diabetes of the child's cut hand. The scope of work being undertaken by the kaiawhina of rural health nurse in each community was therefore woven together holistically, enabling them to provide a comprehensive service to their people.

The implementation of the PHCS and HKO validated these practices, enabling the contracts to be renegotiated more easily. In addition, during the PHO establishment process when the more rigid and compartmentalised Adj. 1. compartmentalised - divided up into compartments or categories; "most sciences have become woefully compartmentalized"
compartmental, compartmentalized
 contracts and reporting processes were renewed, a large number of separate contracts were amalgamated a·mal·ga·mate  
v. a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing, a·mal·ga·mates
1. To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite. See Synonyms at mix.

 into a large Whanau Ora contract that could be delivered and reported on in a manner more conducive to the needs of the community and consistent with the values and mission objectives of the organisation (refer Ngati Porou Hauora 2004). Although Whanau Ora forms the basis of HKO, in order that it can be applied appropriately at tribal and local levels, the concept is not prescriptive pre·scrip·tive  
1. Sanctioned or authorized by long-standing custom or usage.

2. Making or giving injunctions, directions, laws, or rules.

3. Law Acquired by or based on uninterrupted possession.
. In NPH's case the concept has been interpreted at two levels. Firstly, in the clinical setting, the clinical teams, particularly the kaiawhina and rural health nurses, use their relationships and intimate knowledge of the community to work with the whole whanau, as described above. Secondly, at a public health level, projects work for whanau wellbeing with coordinated efforts from a number of sectors. This intersectoral work has included strategic relationships with Work and Income and the Housing New Zealand Corporation, a developing Whanau Ora project that aims to explore the relationship between housing and whanau health status (Ministry of Health 2004b) and involvement with academic researchers on a range of research projects.

As far as possible NPH took Mason Durie's Te Pae Mahutonga (Durie 1999) as the framework for its health promotion and public health work because of its holistic approach to wellbeing. The framework employs the symbolism Symbolism

In art, a loosely organized movement that flourished in the 1880s and '90s and was closely related to the Symbolist movement in literature. In reaction against both Realism and Impressionism, Symbolist painters stressed art's subjective, symbolic, and decorative
 of the Southern Cross as a navigational tool. The constellation's four stars represent: Mauri Ora (access to te ao Maori, or the world of Maori); Waiora (environmental protection); Toiora (healthy lifestyles) and Te Oranga (participation in society), while its two pointer stars represent Nga Manukura (effective leadership) and Mana Whakahaere (autonomy), the resources and conditions required to achieve the vision. The organisation's health promotion plan comprises a matrix based on these objectives and capacities with tinorangatirotanga (self-determination) as a guiding principle for the practical applications in each component. Consistent with this approach is a recently initiated two-year community-based intervention, Ngati and Healthy, that uses a population approach to reduce the prevalence of diabetes risk in the East Coast communities, identified to be at high levels in a pre-intervention prevalence survey (Tipene Leach et al. 2004). The intervention is being led by a multidisciplinary NPH team, with kaiawhina taking a lead role within their communities and the inclusion of other local organisations and businesses. It takes a broad Maori perspective on factors affecting health behaviours, has strong community support and is being evaluated by a research partnership between NPH and the University of Otago.

Application of a community development approach has also been evident in the field of workforce development. The organisation provides employment to a significant number of Ngati Porou on the East Coast. There is a policy to train and move workers into more skilled positions within the organisation, for example, from kaiawhina to information technology, and from administration to management. In addition, the organisation provides a range of health professional training scholarships to encourage Ngati Porou people to undertake medical, dental, nursing or physiotherapy physiotherapy: see physical therapy.  training, and to bring this expertise back to the region. Mainstream forms of workforce development are also evident in the sponsorship of many of its general practitioners through the General Practice Primex training and its nurses through postgraduate courses. In addition, the organisation has developed as a training site with placement positions for local nursing students, medical students and both overseas and New Zealand postgraduate medical trainees.


Despite the ideological match with the new primary health care direction and the strong position in which NPH was placed, it has encountered a number of challenges in implementing the PHCS that are of potential relevance to other providers.

Population Health versus Clinical Care: Marrying Two Paradigms

A key feature of the PHCS is the requirement for primary health services to now focus on improving the health of a population by undertaking health promotion and other public health initiatives, including the collection of population-level data. This is new for most primary care providers, and there are recognised philosophical differences between the public health and primary health paradigms (Ministry of Health 2003). Health promotion and disease prevention have been important components of many Maori health provider contracts--indeed, for many, the only components (Crengle 1999). While it could be argued that population health as a concept is well understood by Maori organisations with their collective view of health, nevertheless, several issues arise from attempting to implement population health strategies within the primary health setting.

A key difficulty has been prioritising long-term population strategies over the immediate health needs of individuals, particularly in a highly morbid morbid /mor·bid/ (mor´bid)
1. pertaining to, affected with, or inducing disease; diseased.

2. unhealthy or unwholesome.

 population. A central element of population health care is the collection of population-level health data in order to understand health status and need and, then, to create strategic direction for the improvement of a population's health. Pressing clinical demands often take precedence The order in which an expression is processed. Mathematical precedence is normally:

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 over collection of data like the "Get Checked" diabetes monitoring, and, as it is time consuming, it is either put aside or allocated to a separate worker in a separate encounter. It is then a challenge to ensure that this information is either integrated back into patient care or considered in a population health framework.

The real challenge for PHOs is in the consideration of these data for their application to population health objectives. Who in primary health care management of general practice has the public health skills to analyse such data, to plan public health strategies and to implement appropriate programmes? There is a very real risk that public health, once again, becomes the Cinderella of patient careas clinical doctors are hired over public health consultants and competing organisational interests prevent aggregations of PHOs running large-scale population health operations with expert staff.

In addition, PHO health promotion money has been minimal at $2.00 per head, a sum vastly less than what is required to undertake robust initiatives. Although NPH's Ngati & Healthy project is a community-based population health approach to diabetes prevention, the funding has not come from the PHO funding streams but rather from a range of other sources, including Te Kete Hauora and the Public Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health, SPARC (Scalable Performance ARChitecture) A family of RISC CPUs from Sun that runs mostly under Sun's Solaris, but also under Linux and BSD operating systems. After development began in the mid-1980s by David Patterson of the University of California at Berkeley and Bill  (Sport and Recreation New Zealand Sport & Recreation New Zealand, also known as SPARC, is the New Zealand government body responsible for community sport and recreation programs.

The SPARC vision aims:
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) and several community funding agencies.

Appropriateness of Performance Indicators

The implementation of the PHCS has required the development of performance indicators to ensure that the key objectives are being met. Interim indicators were developed through a modified Delphi process in 2003. These included nine clinical and five administrative indicators--among them, achieving specified rates for immunisation, cervical and breast screening, disease and smoking status coding and service utilisation (New Zealand Doctor 2003). These have since been further developed by a Technical Advisory Group with minimal Maori representation and been amalgamated with indicators for referred services (such as laboratory and pharmaceutical services) management into a single PHO Performance Management Programme with a strong fiscal focus. The performance indicators cover financial, clinical and process performances, with target measures to be agreed between the local DHB DHB District Health Board (New Zealand)
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 and PHO, using national guidelines guidelines, a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks.
 and funding assigned to agreed targets (Ministry of Health 2004c).

A key issue here is what should be measured in order to gauge the effectiveness of services for Maori, and who decides what these measures are. Crampton and colleagues (2004) have noted that the increasing complexity of primary health care calls for more performance measures that accommodate differing perspectives. Reid (2004) goes on to say, "It is no longer sufficient or appropriate to measure the levels of immunisation, cervical smearing cervical smear Pap smear, see there , and recording blood pressure in a general practice--however a much broader approach to the evaluation of 'quality' is necessary".

While services !o improve access to care and service utilisation rates are considered perfomance indicators, from a Maori health provider perspective the proposed framework does not consider some of the other dimensions Other Dimensions is a collection of stories by author Clark Ashton Smith. It was released in 1970 and was the author's sixth collection of stories published by Arkham House. It was released in an edition of 3,144 copies.  of health care that are important to Maori communities, such as levels of whanau and spiritual wellbeing, culturally appropriate service delivery and a prioritised commitment to Maori workforce development. As Durie (2003) has stated, "In moving from input and output measures to measures of outcome, as signaled in the strategy, (6) there is a corresponding need to frame indicators around Maori perspectives of health".

Some work has been undertaken on developing frameworks that take a Maori worldview world·view  
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1. The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.

2. A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.
 in measuring the effectiveness of public policies (Durie et al. 2003) and, more specifically, health services (Ministry of Health 1995) for Maori. The latter, He Taura Tieke, was developed under the guidance of the Ministry of Health following research and consultation with Maori and is structured around three key components: technical and clinical competence, structural and systematic responsiveness and consumer satisfaction. Within each of these components are a number of areas around which a service's effectiveness from a Maori perspective is exemplified and then measured using a range of questions. For example, the framework gauges evidence of Maori-appropriate services on a number of dimensions, including competence and safety, monitoring, health philosophical framework, Maori development and workforce development, access, information and participation. Despite being developed with the Ministry of Health, it has not been applied at the DHB level and does not form the basis of DHB contractual requirements or performance indicator assessment. Rather it has primarily been designed for and used by providers to gauge the effectiveness of their own services. Although a little cumbersome, this framework has clearly structured components and checklist questions that take a Maori standpoint on health, and it could serve well as the basis for Maori (and even mainstream) health provider performance indicators.

Community Participation and Partnership

The PHCS requires community participation in PHO governance and promotes partnerships between providers and consumers. However, the interpretation of this Strategy requirement has been considerably modified since the implementation process began (Neuwelt and Crampton 2004). Issues concerning the provider-community partnership relationship have arisen out of the historical power provider groups held and continue to hold within the newly formed PHOs. NPH's system of governance and community participation is one of the few that meets and, indeed, goes further than the ideal stated in the PHCS.

Interestingly, having a community-owned and community-governed PHO has brought its own tensions. For example, NPH's PHO partners have not been altogether happy with their position within the governance model. They have felt, probably because the NPH PHO Board is in fact the old NPH (Provider) Board, that they are not represented and have sought some form of representation on the Board for their organisations. However, the Board comprises community representatives rather than provider representatives and the MOU relationship does not require any change to this. Partner provider groups wanting input into governance issues are required to do so through their local community Board representative, who is encouraged to attend quarterly partner hui.

Governance models such as this, in which provider groups must work through an elected community representative, are diametrically di·a·met·ri·cal   also di·a·met·ric
1. Of, relating to, or along a diameter.

2. Exactly opposite; contrary.

 opposed to historical primary health care governance models where providers dominated. Concerns raised by NGOs at the 2004 MOH/NGO Forum (Ministry of Health 2004a) were based on NGOs, as community representatives, feeling excluded of marginalised by powerful mainstream health providers at the PHO governance level. In the NPH case the issue is turned on its head in that the PHO partners are considered more as provider groups by a Board of elected community representatives. The PHCS provider-community partnership directive was initiated to enable more community input into primary health care service delivery where hitherto this had been lacking or absent. Whether there are to be limits on the extent of community control is an issue that has not yet been debated. In the NPH case, the novelty of the exclusively community representative governance structure and the apparent tension in the term "PHO partners" mean that care is needed in working with this as-yet-uncharted relationship issue.

Funding and Contracting Issues

Like other relatively small PHOs, NPH found the PHO per capita funding for management costs grossly inadequate, since infrastructure costs are not directly proportionate pro·por·tion·ate  
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tr.v. pro·por·tion·at·ed, pro·por·tion·at·ing, pro·por·tion·ates
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 to the number of enrolled patients. Negotiating a lump-sum payment for smaller PHOs was time consuming but facilitated by the collective bargaining collective bargaining, in labor relations, procedure whereby an employer or employers agree to discuss the conditions of work by bargaining with representatives of the employees, usually a labor union.  power of the organisations Health Care Aotearoa and Te Matarau, most of whose members were small providers. Similarly, being a rural health provider involves certain baseline costs The continuing annual costs of military operations funded by the operations and maintenance and military personnel appropriations.  that cannot be covered by per capita funding. While PHO funding processes did accommodate rural health needs to some extent, they did not do so to a sustainable level. Indeed, prior to PHO formation NPH had received a Special Area subsidy that was greater than the new level of PHO funding for the area. Considerable time and negotiation was needed before a satisfactory arrangement was reached that enabled the continuation of free services (O.Eng. Law) such feudal services as were not unbecoming the character of a soldier or a freemen to perform; as, to serve under his lord in war, to pay a sum of money, etc.

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 to the East Coast population.

One of the positive features of the proposed PHO structure was that a population approach would be applied to both service delivery and contracting. Capitated funding of an enrolled population replaced the more fragmented fee-for-service funding and the myriad of small service contracts came under a more global contracting arrangement. However, in practice, funding has not proved to be as global as anticipated, since a number of funding streams and contracts have resulted. For example, in addition to the standard front-line services capitation CAPITATION. A poll tax; an imposition which is yearly laid on each person according to his estate and ability.
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 funding, monies have also been allocated for Services to Improve Access, Reducing Inequalities Contingency Funding, Management Fees, Health Promotion and Care Plus. Each of these funding streams must have its own plan, reporting schedule and financial accounting. Although not as fragmented as previously, these funding arrangements are nevertheless time consuming and probably more fragmented than necessary.


The implementation of the Primary Health Care Strategy and He Korowai Oranga has required some major changes in the organisation and structure of primary health care in New Zealand. Although there has been general support for the overall direction of the changes, the impact on providers has been varied and in some cases contentious (Perera et al. 2003). However, many Maori and other third sector providers have adapted relatively well and quickly to the changes because their organisational structures and models of care fitted comfortably with these new frameworks.

Because of its community-based governance and practice focus, the Maori health provider Ngati Porou Hauora was in a relatively strong position to embody the philosophical and practical direction advocated by the two strategies and its transition into a PHO was relatively smooth. Nevertheless, there have been ongoing challenges in the process of PHO development. Collecting population health data and applying it meaningfully within a context of funding constraints and pressing clinical demands from a population with high levels of morbidity and co-morbidity has been a key challenge. Achieving performance indicators that have not been designed specifically for Maori communities and providers, particularly when these are to be linked to ongoing funding, is also a challenge. Similarly, ensuring adequate funding levels for smaller and rural providers and maintaining a non-fragmented range of contracts require ongoing attention. On balance, however, becoming a PHO has strengthened NPH as a provider and it seems more than ready to meet the identified challenges.

Many of NPH's experiences during this PHO development phase are likely to be mirrored by other Maori health providers, particularly those large enough to become a PHO by themselves and those able to partner equitably with other third sector or similar providers. Certainly Maori health providers have developed a strong sense of identity over the past decade, and are reluctant to lose that (New Zealand Doctor 2005a).

However, while the philosophies of the PHCS and HKO have strengthened the position of many Maori providers, validating their modes of practice,

some smaller providers remain vulnerable, particularly those that are minor partners in a PHO dominated by general practice and those that have been required to develop relationships with other provider groups with which they have historically had little contact and little in common. While a number of positive outcomes have been recorded from this relationship development, some mainstream providers may have created partnerships with Maori health providers just because they need to in order to qualify as a PHO, but with no real understanding of the nature of partnership. Indeed, some commentators have cautioned about the gap between policy and practice for Maori health and challenged non-Maori public health providers to form authentic partnership alliances with Maori to ensure improvements in health outcomes for Maori (Ratima and Ratima 2004).

This risk for small Maori providers is further increased if they hold mainly health promotion contracts, as is often the case. Health promotion and population health have historically been undervalued Undervalued

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 in primary health care. Even where a PHO has good intentions to integrate these functions, where these roles are undertaken by different provider groups who are only in the developmental stages of relationship building, it may be easy for historically prevailing power relations to continue.

For these reasons a number of smaller Maori PHOs have remained adamant that, despite missing out on the advantages of economies of scale, they do not wish to be amalgamated into a larger PHO but rather intend to remain independent providers catering to a "niche" Maori market (New Zealand Doctor 2005a)

On a more positive note, it could be argued that Maori and other third sector providers have much to teach the primary health care sector. In essence their frameworks for governance and service delivery have served as a model for many of the changes being undertaken within this sector. Whether their models of practice are more effective at addressing the longstanding disparities in health outcomes between Maori and non-Maori is yet to be determined. However, as a first step, these providers have improved access to their services through low fees, culturally appropriate approaches to health care and outreach services (Crampton et al. 2000). The fact that their approaches have informed the new direction for primary health care as laid out in the PHCS suggests that they offer some hope for reducing hitherto intractable intractable /in·trac·ta·ble/ (in-trak´tah-b'l) resistant to cure, relief, or control.

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 during the change process, with wider structural support Maori and other third sector providers are in a position to move from strength to strength in becoming central players in the primary health care environment and to ensure disadvantaged populations receive the health care and programmes they require so that inequalities in health status begin to reduce.


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(2) Crampton (1999) defines the third sector as "the non-government, non-profit sector The nonprofit sector, also called the third sector, civic sector or voluntary sector, is a third area of an economy, distinct from the public sector and the private sector. It is made up of all of the non-profit organizations in the economy. ". He goes on to say, "Third sector primary care organisations started having a significant presence in New Zealand in the late 1980s, have tended to draw on broad public health definitions of primary health care, and have tended to adopt community development approaches".

(3) A small PHO is commonly considered to be one with fewer than 20,000 enrolled patients. Most third sector PHOs belong in this category. In October 2004, 39 of the 77 PHOs had fewer than 20,000 people while 24 had fewer than 10,000 (New Zealand Doctor 2005a)

(4) Whanau Ora is defined in HKO as "Maori families supported to achieve their maximum health and wellbeing".

(5) A Green Prescription is a health professional's written advice to a patient to be physically active as part of the patient's health management.

(6) "Strategy" here refers to the Ministry of Health's 2000 The New Zealand Health Strategy, but could equally be applied to the Primary Health Care Strategy.

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 Arataki (CEO) Terry Ehau, Kaitiaki (Manager) Regional Services David Tipene Leach, General Practitioner Ngati Porou Hauora Te Puia Springs East Coast

(1) Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions. Correspondence

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